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Out of Context is a collection of thirteen original songs assembled from musicals in development, cut and stand alone material and including one old favorite that’s been completely re-imagined for this album. A wonderful introduction to the music and lyrics of Michael Patrick Walker, Out of Context features stellar performances by Michael Arden, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Peter Friedman, Noah Galvin, Lisa Howard, Cheyenne Jackson, Andy Karl, Telly Leung, Andy Mientus, Anne L. Nathan, Kelli O’Hara, Kerry O’Malley, Jim Stanek, Kate Wetherhead and Rachel York all backed up by an amazing band of Broadway musicians – including Michael himself on piano.
Released November 8, 2011 on the Yellow Sound Label
“[One of] today’s must-know songwriters. A bona fide winner.”
- David Finkle, The Huffington Post
“Don’t expect any shortness of ideas, emotion, thoughts, details or power in...this often dazzling album!”
- Rob Lester, Sound Advice, Talkin’ Broadway
“Walker continues to prove he has the chops to follow in the footsteps of Stephen Sondheim or Cy Coleman. There is an intricate blend of wit, heart and depth to his repertoire .”
- Bill Bliss, Edge
“Michael Patrick Walker proves his amazing mettle with words and music.”
- Bill Bliss, Edge
“With smart, clever lyrics and tuneful melodies, Walker’s disc is a hit!”
- David Hurst, Next Magazine
“Out of Context is just one great song after another from a talent that deserves much wider exposure.”
- Eric Henrickson, The Detroit News
“A delightful array of touching and quirky stories... rich narratives and melodies.”
- Andy Propst, Theatermania
The 2005 original cast recording of the smash-hit musical Altar Boyz with a score by Michael Patrick Walker and Gary Adler – each of whom received Drama Desk nominations for both Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics! The Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off Broadway Musical, Altar Boyz tells the hilarious story of Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham on the last night of their Raise The Praise Tour. Featuring the performances of the phenomenal original cast – Scott Porter, Tyler Maynard, Ryan Duncan, Andy Karl and David Josefsburg – this CD captures all the fun of the 9th-longest running Off Broadway musical of all time!
Released May 15, 2005 on the Sh-K-Boom Label
“The songs are the show’s substance…sly parodies cooked up by the skilled songwriters Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker…”
- Charles Isherwood, NY Times
“The soulful showstopper is Mark’s 11 o’clock number, ‘Epiphany’, a hilarious Catholic coming-out.”
- David Rooney, Variety
“Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker’s score…is tuneful and the lyrics are consistently amusing.”
- Frank Scheck, NY Post
“Thank the Lord that many of those songs are very funny indeed”
- Gordon Cox, Newsday
“As for the Adler-Walker score, the first thing to be said about it is this: Every single one of the dozen songs is melodic and funny.”
- David Finkle, Theatermania
The best songs from Seasons 1 and 2 of the Emmy-nominated Disney TV Show, “Johnny and the Sprites”! When Johnny moved into a house in the woods, he had no idea his backyard was the gateway to Grotto’s Grove, the home of the magical Sprites and their friends! This wonderful collection let’s you sing along with Johnny, Gwen, the Sprites and the Fuzzies – even some of their special guest stars! Featuring 19 of the fantastic original songs written for the series by Michael Patrick Walker, Stephen Schwartz, Gary Adler, Ryan Cunningham & Josh Salzman, Zina Goldrich & Marcy Heisler, Mark Hollmann, Bobby Lopez and Benj Pasek & Justin Paul.
Released March 18 2008 on the Disney Records Label
Music from Season 1 of the musical comedy web series,The Battery’s Down! Join Jake (played by writer/creator Jake Wilson) as he makes his way through the highs and lows of the theatre world with the help of his colorful group of friends and original musical numbers! The Season 1 CD features the songs written for each episode by today’s best and brightest musical theatre composers including Michael Patrick Walker, Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey, Jeanine Tesori, Dick Scanlan, Laurence O’Keefe and more!
Released April 7 2009 on the Ghostlight Records Label
Great music for a great cause! Benefitting Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, these annual albums feature holiday songs performed by Broadway and Off Broadway shows. Michael contributed several original songs to Volume 8 and Volume 9 alone as well as with collaborators Gary Adler and Phoebe Kreutz.